Silly Me, Or, There Will Too Be a Big Story Next Week
James Lileks closed the podcast this week in his usual manner, asking Rob and me to predict next week's big story--and, thinking myself clever, I predicted that next week's big story would be that there wasn't any big story.
My reasoning--the outlines of which still strike me as more or less correct--was that summer, the season in which nobody makes big decisions, has already arrived. Whereas a week ago the Greeks seemed headed for an exit from the Euro, for example, they now appear to have resigned themselves instead to mere muddling-through. Romney's campaign has become what it will be: Professional, but cautious, counting on swing voters to vote against President Obama rather than for Romney. Obama? He'll simply spend the summer doing what he's been doing: attacking Romney while making crude appeals to this or that interest group.
The only story of any real import this summer, I noted, would be the Wisconsin recall election, which would take place the week after next.
The recall election will take place next week. On Tuesday. And since all the polls show Scott Walker at least five points ahead--Intrade just now showed the likelihood of a Walker victory at no less than 96 percent--the story of the week next week will not only be very, very big but very, very good. Public sector employee unions will at last have been put in their place.
As goes Wisconsin, so goes...California? I'm already feeling dreamy.
Oh, and as for Brother James: Sorry about that.